FRONT line aspirant to the national chairmanship seat of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, is already looking inwards as part of the efforts to rejig and reposition the party for the task of a post-2015 bounce- back. He said this while on a courtesy visit to the Abuja headquarters of one of the constitutional organs of the PDP, the People’s Democratic Institute, PDI, recently. The visit, he said, was part of his nationwide consultation with individual and institutional stakeholders within the PDP family in what he described as his “desire to see the total party machinery steaming again and the party restored to its place of prominence within the Nigerian polity” in the nearest future. Professor Adedoja is a former Federal Minister, initially, of Special Duties and, later, of Sports and (concurrently) Chairman, National Sports Commission. In an exchange with Dr. Lanre Adebayo, the Director General of the institute, Professor Adedoja expressed his resolve to appropriately spruce the institute up into a vibrant think tank that will provide necessary intellectual support and guide for all economic, social and foreign policies of PDP governments at all levels in the country. He promised that, as soon as he gets into office as National Chairman of PDP, he would have “the institute affiliated to similar policy development institutes all over the world as part of the repositioning effort of the party in a way to optimize the enormous resources that abound in the party”. In his response, the Director General of the institute, Dr. Lanre Adebayo, heartily welcomed the former Minister to the institute and commended him for his rare foresight in acknowledging the utility potential of an important stakeholder- institution like PDI at this critical time in the party’s history. He said the institute was established in year 2000 as the intellectual and resource organ of the PDP for the formulation of policies for the party.
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